The Pinagpala Feeding Program is a project that was started by Children Incorporated at the Pinagpala Children’s Center in Tagaytay City, Philippines. In 2000, the center was founded by a local church to provide educational assistance to local children in need. Like Children Incorporated, the Pinagpala Children’s Center operates on the mindset that the cycle of poverty can, in fact, be broken – and it begins with children!
The Children’s Center primarily serves first- through tenth-graders; it is a small, one-room structure that still belongs to the church that established it over fifteen years ago. In addition to the Pinagpala Feeding Program, the center also offers tutorial assistance and an educational curriculum, including group activities and workshops every single day.
Almost half of all Filipinos earn less than $2.00 a day, which limits their access to food, particularly that of nutritional value. There are 25 children who are currently enrolled in and benefiting greatly from Children Incorporated’s Pinagpala Feeding Program; they receive a nutritious meal before and after school each day.
Funds raised for the program are used by the Children’s Center to purchase vegetables, meats, grains, and cooking supplies; a contribution of just $15 a month will feed a child two meals daily. Without adequate meals and proper nutrition, children are unable to perform at their best in general, and especially not in an academic environment. Hunger can be overwhelming and incredibly distracting – and so can wondering when the next meal will be.
Poor nutrition may also result in malnourishment, which in turn often yields stunted emotional and psychological growth. With a full belly, children are better able to concentrate in school; they are more alert and have a greater chance to succeed. We have already seen a dramatic difference in the physical growth and overall performances of the kids who are already enrolled in the Pinagpala Feeding Program.
HOW DO I SPONSOR A CHILD IN THE PHILIPPINES?
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